Beacon Journal staff report
The National Weather Service is warning Akron residents to brace for a wild weather ride this week.
The service issued a winter weather advisory early Monday stating that 4 to 5 inches of snow could fall late Monday. The advisory is in effect for Summit, Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage and Stark counties from 7 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Wayne County is under the same advisory from 4 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Some sleet or freezing rain could mix briefly with the snow. The adisory warns that gusty winds will accompany the snow and cause blowing and drifting.
The snow will be followed by a warm-up that could create flooding concerns for the region.
With temperatures anticipated to rise into the 50s by Thursday, the weather service warns that “significant” flooding is possible as rain falls and the snow melts into frozen rivers and streams.